Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE (born 26 July 1969) is a Welsh athlete. Born in Cardiff with Spina Bifida, she is a wheelchair user, and is considered to be one of the most successful disabled athletes in the country. Thompson competes in events over a wide range of distances, first competing in the 100m at the Junior National Games for Wales in 1984. Over her career to date, she has won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, held over 30 world records, and won the London Marathon six times between 1997 and 2002.
In 2000 she was awarded the Helen Rollason Award for her performance at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, and was given the OBE for services to sport. In 2001, she was given an honorary degree by Loughborough University, awarded Doctor of Technology, having previously graduated from the university ten years earlier, with an honours degree in Politics and Social Administration. In the 2005 New Year's Honours List, her continuing services to Disabled Sport were rewarded with the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
In light of her retirement from the track, she has expanded her television presenting career on S4C and BBC Wales, as well as BBC1.
In the 2005 New Year's Honours List, her continuing services to Disabled Sport were rewarded with the honour of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Tanni is married to Ian, with one daughter, Carys, and lives in Redcar.
She announced her retirement from international athletics on February, 28th 2007.